Statement from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on Bill 77

Queen’s Park – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement on Bill 77 moving forward to third reading.

“I’m thrilled to see the house unanimously agree to move Bill 77 forward. Today we came one step closer to ending the harmful practice of conversion therapy in this province. I look forward to the bill getting swift passage through the Legislature.”

Andrea Horwath introduces legislation for Hydro One Referendum

Andrea Horwath, Leader of Ontario’s New Democrats, is introducing a Private Members Bill which would ensure Hydro One could not be sold without hearing from Ontario voters first. Horwath has been holding packed town hall meetings across the province, where Ontarians have said they can’t afford to pay the price for Kathleen Wynne’s scheme to sell-off Hydro One.

“Kathleen Wynne wants to sell-off Hydro One without listening to the people who own it. Ontarians own Hydro One, and not a single person voted to sell it. Kathleen Wynne has absolutely no mandate to sell Hydro One, ” said Horwath. “People can’t afford to pay the price for selling Hydro One. They can’t afford higher hydro bills and their government can’t afford to lose the hundreds of millions of dollars in stable revenues that funds important public priorities like education, healthcare and infrastructure.”

End the stalling, End conversion Therapy in Ontario: Horwath

Queen’s Park – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath called on the government to stop stalling and pass Bill 77, Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Act, to end the unacceptable practice of conversion therapy in the province. Horwath praised the tireless efforts of NDP LGBTQ issues critic Cheri DiNovo, who by introducing Bill 77 on behalf of New Democrats, has taken a strong stand against conversion therapy in the Legislature and in the community. Horwath said that all parties support the bill. The majority Liberal government has an obligation to treat this important legislation with the urgency it deserves.

Hamilton deserves a full LRT, not more broken Liberal promises: Horwath

Queen’s Park – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath cautiously welcomed today’s funding announcement for Hamilton’s LRT. Horwath, who has been a long-time advocate for a Hamilton LRT, pointed out that the Liberals first committed to a Hamilton LRT back in 2007.  When shovels finally hit the ground in 2019 the track won’t go as far as promised.

“This morning we learned two things. First, we learned that at long last the government actually knows how to spell ‘LRT’ when it comes to Hamilton, but we also learned the neighbourhoods near Eastgate Square have been shutout of the government’s LRT plans.”

Horwath said that by failing to run the LRT to Eastgate Square as promised, surrounding areas will miss out on the economic uplift that the LRT would bring.  

Horwath: Give Ontarians Their Say on Hydro One Sale – Sever Bill 91

Queen’s Park – Today, Andrea Horwath, Leader of Ontario’s New Democrats called on the Liberal government to separate the portions of Bill 91 that relate to the proposed sell-off of Hydro One and to travel the committee across the province.  

“Kathleen Wynne didn’t run on a plan to sell-off Hydro One and to this day she refuses to listen to Ontarians. She buried her short-sighted sell-off in a Harper-style omnibus bill and at every turn she has shut down debate and stifled consultation,” said Horwath.

For weeks, Horwath and the ONDP Caucus have called for hearings to travel the Province in order to ensure the most inclusive consultation possible. These requests have been consistently ignored by the Wynne Government.

Horwath: New Democrats Applaud Independent Watchdogs’ Call to Stop the Sell-off of Hydro One

Queen’s Park – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement:

“I  welcome the principled stand taken by Ontario's independent watchdogs against the Liberal sell-off of Hydro One.

Today’s statement by Ontario's Ombudsman, Auditor General, Integrity Commissioner, Financial Accountability Officer, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, Environmental Commissioner and French Language Services Commissioner reinforces what New Democrats have been saying all along: Kathleen Wynne must stop her short-sighted, undemocratic sell-off of Hydro One.